Recruiting and interviewing for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will continue through early spring for any remaining slots we might have available. See Mr. Campos in Room C12 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
This three-year cohort (10th, 11th, 12th grade), school-within-a-school program is currently offered at Woodside High School. This alternative pathway program provides selected students with an integrated academic/vocational curriculum combined with career development and leadership skills, counseling, volunteer hours, and work experience. Macs and PCs are used as the focus of training in multimedia design and as learning tools in academic subjects. Academy students who wish to attend a four-year college may take a foreign language, advanced science, advanced math, etc. outside of the academy program. Multimedia I & II courses include college credit toward a Multimedia Design Certificate. Our program is designed as a high-interest program for students who have not been motivated by the regular academic course of study. The Academy programs combine academic instruction via cross-curricular Project Based Learning in CTE, English, Math, and Social Science with “hands-on” job training designed to prepare students for jobs in local graphic design companies. Students who wish for more information about the Academy should contact the Graphics Technology Academy coordinator or a guidance counselor.
Our academy has various Articulation Agreements in place with the local community colleges that allow students to earn college credit for their CTE courses, which are transferable to four year colleges. In addition to the all-school graduation on Bradley Field each year, Academy students also participate in a more intimate ceremony in the PAC where they are personally recognized for their accomplishments and awards are presented. We have been lucky enough to also have the pleasure of presenting the Edward F. and Vera Z. Harris college scholarship to a small handful of deserving graduates.
1. Do Graphic Technology Academy students take regular classes with non-academy students?
Yes. You will have classes with non-academy students while in non-academy classes such as PE, Ceramics, and Science.
2. Do I need to take seven classes because of the Academy?
The Academy will not make you take a seventh class, but if you are short credits or there is a conflict, we will recommend that a student take seven classes.
3. Can I choose not to take Multimedia I, and still be in the Academy?
No. Multimedia is the focal point of the Academy. California mandates that CPA (California Partnership Academy) students are enrolled in a CTE course while in the Academy.
4. Are Academy classes harder than regular mainstream classes?
Academy offers smaller classes when possible and more personalized attention, but the classes are equally challenging in rigor and expectations.
5. What if I change my mind about the Academy?
We ask all prospective Academy students to put forth a sincere commitment to stay in the program for three years, but we will listen to each case independently. If a student decides after their sophomore year that the pathway is not for them they can switch at that time.
6. How long is the Academy program?
You start in your sophomore year and we see you through graduation (a total of three years).
7. What makes the Academy different than the rest of Woodside High School?
You will have four core classes with four core teachers to help you succeed in school. You would also work and have classes with the same Academy students for all three years.